Praised as a “go-to lawyer for bet-the-company commercial litigation” by Chambers USA, Chad Colton thrives in high-stakes cases.
Clients and market sources reported to Chambers that Chad is a “great communicator and strategist” and a “fantastic lawyer” who has what most litigators don’t: “actual trial experience and outstanding public speaking skills.” He has taken more than 25 cases to trial across the country—from Portland, to Atlanta, to Los Angeles—and recently led trial teams through some of the most high-profile commercial jury trials in the Pacific Northwest.
Chad serves as lead counsel to regional and national companies, entrepreneurs, and start-ups in complex business and intellectual property disputes. He particularly excels in cases involving technology, software, business torts, trade secrets, contracts, and securities. While Chad is known for bet-the-company litigation and handles cases of all sizes, many regional and national companies find his skill set ideal for cases in the $10 million to $250 million range.
Chad is one of those rare people who found a profession that lines up almost exactly with his talents. Recognizing his aptitude in the courtroom, some of the top commercial trial lawyers in the Pacific Northwest trained and mentored him early in his career. After building on that foundation for nearly two decades, Chad now shares litigation techniques with peers and in-house counsel in his monthly video series called “When You Need to Win” and through in-person courses.
Chad loves what he does, but more importantly, clients love working with Chad and his team. Unlike many busy, in-demand lawyers, Chad stays directly involved in his cases and client relationships from start to finish. Regardless of the case, Chad and his team deliver the highest quality work product—work that clients often say exceeds the quality of the largest national law firms they work with. One of Chad’s tech clients recently said, half joking, “We really need to get into more trouble so we can work together again.” For Chad, it’s not just work; it’s a passion for courtroom advocacy and helping people solve difficult problems.
Chad balances his work with a deep commitment to his family and (some may say) an insufferable obsession with karaoke and old Led Zeppelin albums—i.e., re-living his days playing guitar and singing in loud rock bands. He also stays active in his community, serving on the boards of directors and in leadership positions for numerous non-profits and legal organizations.
Some of his representative cases include:
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